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How Meaningful is Meaningful Use?
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

Last week, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Improvement Technology released regulations for public comment defining meaningful use and setting certification standards. So how did they do? Is the bar high enough? Just right? Too high? [Read More]
  January 7, 2010

Editor's Picks
Comparative effectiveness and healthcare spending
The New England Journal of Medicine has an interesting piece this week looking at comparative effectiveness research and the need for cost-effectiveness analysis. "At some point . . . we will have to confront the problem of cost-effectiveness at the level of the patient," the authors write. "Even if all hospitals, medical practices, and health plans became efficient in the sense that they adopted all interventions that are more cost-effective than anything they currently do, they would still have to draw the line on expenditures somewhere." [Read More]
House Starts Health Reform Reconciliation Process
Healthcare reform has entered its final stage as Democratic leaders prepare to merge the House and Senate versions of the legislation. "We are optimistic that there's much that we have in common with both of our bills and that we will reconcile the legislation in a way that [has] a 'triple A' rating: affordability for the middle class, accountability for the insurance companies, and accessibility to many more people in the country to quality, affordable healthcare," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday. [Read More]
Physicians have until April for PECOS re-enrollment
Doctors who order Medicare services or refer patients for certain services now have until April 5 to determine whether they are up to date in the program's Provider, Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System, known as PECOS. CMS was originally planning on stopping payment to providers who weren't in compliance at the first of this year, but several physician organizations asked for more time. [Read More]
Twitter advice for doctors?
As more doctors use Twitter to connect with colleagues, common sense is crucial to avoid privacy breaches and other social media missteps. Blogger Kevin Pho, MD, who currently has more than 18,000 Twitter followers, offers some common sense tips for physicians using the micro-blogging platform. "When using Twitter and Facebook (versus, say, a blog), it's easier than ever to hit the enter key and broadcast content to the world. It's essentially an instant message to the masses. With that in mind, any medical professional using these sites better be more careful than ever to protect patient privacy." [Read More]
Breakthroughs: Aligning Hospitals and Physicians Toward Value
The current relationship between hospitals and physicians has been built around rewarding for volume of services and not quality. That model is breaking down as reformers in Washington have hospital and physician inefficiency in their sights, with Medicare pushing toward value-based purchasing and experimenting with a payment system that rewards a system of coordinated care. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report that you can download for free, four leading hospital systems—Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Sanford Health-MeritCare, SSM Health Care, and Virginia Mason Medical Center—share the lessons they have learned about adding quality to healthcare. [Read More]
Business Rx
Give Open Access Scheduling a Shot
The concept of "doing today's work today" through open access or same-day scheduling has been well known in practice management circles for years. Despite the benefits, open access can go awry if not planned and executed properly. The following are six steps to help ensure open access success. [Read More]
Physician News
American Board of Internal Medicine sues test-preparation firm
Philadelphia Inquirer - January 6, 2010
California board accuses octuplets doctor of negligence
Los Angeles Times - January 5, 2010
Scrutiny of drug-industry gifts to docs goes global
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - January 5, 2010
Radiologists Downplay Health Risk From Airport Body Scanners
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - January 6, 2010

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